|''All Star Revue'' - 1 March 1952|
An episode of the comedy/variety series "All Star Revue". This episode features Olsen and Johnson. Contains the original 1952 commercials. Picture quality is bad.
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; Early Television; Olsen and Johnson; Variety series; Comedy; All Star Revue
Downloads: 2,158 (1 review)
|The Ed Wynn Show (15 December 1949, Episode 13)|
An episode of the short-lived early TV comedy "The Ed Wynn Show". This weak episode was already out-dated when it aired (compared with other surviving kinescopes from this period), and fails to make good use of it's guests (Buddy Ebsen and Hattie McDaniel, who don't appear together at any time). The picture quality is atrocious, not caused by a bad encoding but by what looks like a video tape transfer from another video tape transfer of another video tape transfer of a 16mm kinescope made with f...
Keywords: 40s; 40's; 1940s; 1940's; TV; Television; Classic TV; Classic Television; Variety Series
Downloads: 1,247 (1 review)
|''The Colgate Comedy Hour'' - 21 February 1954|
An episode of "The Colgate Comedy Hour" with host Gene Wesson, and special guests Sonja Henie, Abbott & Costello, and a bunch of other people. Contains the original commrcials for Colgate-Palmolive products!
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; Variety Series; Variety Show
|Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts - 3 August 1953|
An unusual episode of "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts". Arthur, as usual, blabs a lot during the episode. His guests include an unfortunately-named singing trio, a pianist, and an opera singer. Before each segment Arthur blabs a lot. Also includes the original commercial! That's not a typo! Just one commercial during the entire 30 minutes! Wow! Also, Arthur blabs a lot. Warning: Picture quality is so bad your eyes will bleed.
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; Variety Series; Variety Show; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; Blab; Blabs; Blabbermouth; Arthur Godfrey
|''The Colgate Comedy Hour'' - 19 September 1954|
An episode of "The Colgate Comedy Hour", with host Eddie Fisher, and the following guests: comedy-music group The Vagabonds, singer Peggy Lee, ballet dancers Maria Tallchief & Frederic Franklin, violinist Mischa Elman, singer & trumpet player Louis Armstrong, and boxer Rocky Marciano.
Keywords: Classic TV; Variety Show; Variety Series; Peggy Lee; Louis Armstrong; Eddie Fisher; The Colgate Comedy Hour; Colgate Comedy Hour
Downloads: 1,417 (2 reviews)
|''The Milton Berle Show'' - 13 March 1956|
An episode of the comedy-variety series "The Milton Berle Show", with guest stars Zsa Zsa Gabor, Denise Darcel, The Four Step Brothers, and The Seven Ashtons. This is a B&W copy of a color telecast, with the color version being lost.
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; The Milton Berle Show; Zsa Zsa Gabor; Variety Series; Variety Show
|''Frankie Laine Time'' - 5 September 1956|
An episode of the summer replacement variety series "Frankie Laine Time". Guests include the singer popular with youth (Johnnie Ray), the comedian (Gene Baylos), the dancer (???), the obscure traditional pop singer (Ann Gilbert), and the token African-American (Eddie Heywood). Most variety show episodes give you 1 or 2 of these things, this one gives you all five!
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; Variety Show; Variety Series; Frankie Laine; Frankie Laine Time; Summer Replacement; Johnnie Ray; Ann Gilbert; Eddie Heywood
|The Ed Wynn Show (15 April 1950, Episode 30)|
An episode of the short-lived early TV comedy "The Ed Wynn Show". This episode starts normally, then decends into near-surrealism, before ending with a song. Guests in this episode are Barbara Jo Allen ("Vera Vague") and John Charles Thomas. Picture quality is sloppy as usual for this series.
Keywords: 50s; 1950s; 50's; 1950's; Fifties; TV; Television; Classic TV; Classic Television; Variety Series
Downloads: 2,497 (1 review)
|''Texaco Star Theater'' - 29 November 1949|
An episode of the hugely popular comedy-variety series "Texaco Star Theater". Hosted by Milton Berle, this was one of the first "hit" television series. Please note that short sections of this episode are missing (most notably in the middle of the dance act)
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; Early Television; 1940s; 40s; 1940s TV; 1940s Television; Comedy; Variety Show; Variety Series
|''The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom'' - 13 February 1958|
An episode of "The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom", with host Pat Boone and guests Gina Lollobrigida and Jimmy Dean. This copy is missing the chevy ads.
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; Pat Boone; Gina Lollobrigida; Jimmy Dean; Variety Series; Variety Show; ABC
|''Cavalcade of Stars'' - Fragments|
Fragmentary footage (possibly from two different episodes) of the DuMont Television Network series "Cavalcade of Stars", with Jackie Gleason. Please forgive the painfully bad picture & sound quality. Segments include: June Taylor dancers, Jackie Gleason stand-up comedy, Jane Pickens sings two songs, "The Bachelor" sketch, June Taylor dancers, Lysol commercial, Novelty comedy trio (contains mild stereotypical image), Spoof of product testing.
Keywords: Cavalcade of Stars; Jackie Gleason; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; Classic TV; Variety Show; Variety Series; June Taylor Dancers; DuMont Network; DuMont Television Network; Jane Pickens
|Early TV: The Ed Wynn Show (25 March 1950, Episode 27)|
An episode of the short-lived early TV comedy "The Ed Wynn Show". Like many early variety shows, this program has elements of both Vaudeville & Radio. Guests in this episode include Gloria Swanson. Picture quality is sloppy due to bad source material.
Keywords: 50s; 1950s; 50's; 1950's; Fifties; TV; Television; Classic TV; Classic Television; Variety Series; Gloria Swanson; Ed Wynn
Downloads: 1,762 (3 reviews)
|''The Liberace Show'' - Great Personalities|
An episode of "Liberace" from 1954. Liberace's guests in this episode include Nick Lucas and Gilda Gray. Lots of music and a few surprises. (I am having problems with my DVD ripper. If the audio is out of sync, please tell me so I can fix it)
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; Liberace; The Liberace Show; Nick Lucas; Piano; Pianist; Variety Show; Variety Series; Popular Music
Downloads: 1,757 (1 review)
|1950's Variety Series ''Colgate Comedy Hour'' (Aired 2/3/1952)|
An episode of "The Colgate Comedy Hour", one of the more expensive variety-series of the earliest days of television's growing popularity. Guests in this episode are: Donald O'Connor, Kay Starr, and Ben Blue. Complete with commercials, and a funny sketch spoofing tin-pan-alley songwriting.
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; Colgate; Commercials; Variety Series; 50s; 50's; 1950s; 1950's; Fifties; 1952; Old Time Television; Kinescope
Downloads: 3,439 (2 reviews)
|''The Perry Como Show'' - 19 January 1957|
An episode of "The Perry Como Show", a popular variety series. This episode features guests Jeff Chandler, The Mills Brothers, and George Gobel. Lots of great music, some great comedy, along with some not so great comedy. Hey, at least the studio audience seem to be enjoying themselves. Please note that this video has a fault at 42:33 (please let me know if there is any problems with this file, such as the sync)
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; Variety show; Variety series; The Perry Como Show; The Mills Brothers; Jeff Chandler; George Gobel; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; Music; Comedy
|''The Dinah Shore Chevy Show'' - 4 October 1959|
An episode of "The Dinah Shore Chevy Show", a popular television variety series. This episode features her guests Groucho Marx, Gwen Verdon and Ingemar Johansson, and more. A lively mix of music, comedy and dancing, plus the Chevrolet commercials. Note: This is a black-and-white copy of a color/colour NBC broadcast. I don't have the colour version. (note: I am worried this video may freeze duing playing...
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; Variety show; Variety series; The Dinah Shore Chevy Show; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; Groucho Marx; Dinah Shore; Gwen Verdon; Ingemar Johansson; Music; Singer; Chevrolet
Downloads: 2,054 (1 review)
|''The George Gobel Show'' - 2 October 1954|
An episode of the popular NBC comedy series "The George Gobel Show". This is the first episode of the show. His guests are Peggy King and Fred MacMurray (who is told by Gobel to do NOTHING during the episode, since he is their guest). Complete with original commercials.
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; Comedy; Variety Series; Variety Show; Popular; NBC; The George Gobel Show; LOL; Fabulous Fifties
|''The Chevy Show'' - 10 April 1956|
I checked an old TV listing which confirms the date. This variety program includes Dinah Shore, Dean Martin, Johnny Silver, Stubby Kaye, plus Marge and Gower Champion. Lots of singing, dancing and comedy. Also included are original Chevrolet commercials. (note: the sound and picture quality aren't so good, with some major issues during the final segment. Please be aware of this).
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; The Dinah Shore Chevy Show; Dinah Shore; Dean Martin; Johnny Silver; Stubby Kaye; Marge Champion; Gower Champion; Singer; Dancer; Chevrolet; Variety show; Variety series; Comedy
|''The Big Record'' - 27th November 1957|
An episode of the 1957-1958 CBS variety series "The Big Record", starring Patti Page, and guest-starring Georgia Gibbs, Walter Slezak, The Shepherd Sisters, Guylaine Guy, Erroll Garner, and special guest star Johnnie Ray. Also containing original commercials for Oldsmobile, Pillsbury, Golden Dial soap, and Kellogg's Special K. The first-half of the 60-minute episodes competed against "Disneyland" and "Wagon Train", while the second-half competed against "Tombstone Territory" and "Father Knows Be...
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; Patti Page; Johnnie Ray; Georgia Gibbs; Oldsmobile; Variety Series; Variety Show; Music; 1950s Music; 50s Music; Fifties Music; Classic Television; Short-Lived; Live TV; Live Television; Hits; Flop; Flops; The Big Record
|''The Big Party'' - 8 October 1959|
An episode of the late-1950s variety series "The Big Party". Each episode was a whopping 90 minutes. In this episode, Rock Hudson throws a party, his guests include the multi-talented Sammy Davis Jr. (is there anything he can't do?), Tallulah Bankhead, an under-used Esther Williams, a surprising (by 1959 TV standards) Mort Sahl, and other celebrities. Barbara Britton is also around to give us lots of Revlon commercials, and was the only recurring cast member in the short-lived series.
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; Variety Show; Variety Series; The Big Party; Rock Hudson; Sammy Davis Jr; Tallulah Bankhead; Esther Williams; Mort Sahl; Barbara Britton; Revlon; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; 1959; Live television; Party
Downloads: 1,066 (2 reviews)
|The Colgate Comedy Hour - 1 April 1951|
An episode of the popular NBC series "The Colgate Comedy Hour", featuring the famous Eddie Cantor. The episode promises "new talent", some of which you've heard of (such as Eddie Fisher and William Warfield), and some of which you haven't (such as Tony and Eddy). In any case, a diverse range of talent appears, both high-brow and low-brow. The picture quality is very poor, though. According to an article in Variety magazine from 14 November 1951, the series cost $40,000 per an episode to produce ...
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; Classic Television; Live TV; Live Television; Eddie Cantor; Variety Series; Variety Show; 1951; Fabulous Fifties; Talented People; Popular; Old; Retro; Colgate Comedy Hour; The Colgate Comedy Hour
|''Cavalcade of Stars'' - 2 September 1950, 19 August 1950|
The surviving footage from two episodes of DuMont's variety series "Cavalcade of Stars" starring Jackie Gleason. To my knowledge, neither episode survives complete. Please forgive the very poor picture quality. Guest include: vaudeville duo Smith & Dale, singer Gracie Barrie, singer Donald Richards, pianist Victor Borge, and Frances Langford. Gleason barely appears in the surviving footage. The picture quality from a worn-out tape is so horrible that your eyes will bleed and you will want your e...
Keywords: Cavalcade of Stars; Jackie Gleason; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; DuMont Network; DuMont Television Network; Bad Picture Quality; Crappy Picture Quality; My Eyes are Bleeding; Variety Series; Variety Show; Old; Smith & Dale; June Taylor Dancers
|''Ford Star Jubilee'' - You're the Top|
Performances of Cole Porter songs, broadcast 6 October 1956 on CBS. Please note that this copy is incomplete, and for some reason parts of the broadcast are shown twice (this happens at 27:22, for example). Please note that, while originally in colour, only a black-and-white version survives today. Please note that, while this broadcast is public domain, the broadcast contains an excerpt from the film "High Society" which is still under copyright, as such I advise against putting the entire prog...
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; Ford Star Jubilee; 1950s; 50s; Fifties; Variety show; Variety series; Louis Armstrong; Dorothy Dandridge; Sally Forrest; Dolores Gray; Peter Lind Hayes; Mary Healy; Shirley Jones; Gordon MacRae; George Sanders; Bing Crosby; Cole Porter; Music; Musical
|''The Frank Sinatra Show'' - May 5, 1951|
I had previously uploaded about 24 minutes of this, but finally, I can upload the whole episode I have of "The Frank Sinatra Show". As You'd assume, it's a musical-variety series. In some ways, despite Frank's many talents, this show is a bit of a mess when compared with some other high-profile star series of the time. Guests include Dagmar and June Hutton. At first I thought this was one episode and a partial episode, but it seems to be a complete episode...
Keywords: Classic TV; TV; Television; Classic Television; 50s; 1950s; Fifties; 50's; 1950's; 50s TV; 50's TV; 1950s TV; 1950's TV; 50s Television; 50's Television; 1950s Television; 1950's Television; Variety Series; Live TV; Live Television; Music; The Frank Sinatra Show; Frank Sinatra; Bulova Watches; Commercials
Downloads: 5,208 (7 reviews)